Chair: John Levine, PhD
The goal of the Social Program is to prepare students to make significant empirical and theoretical contributions to social psychology. During their training, students:
- Gain a thorough knowledge of past and current work in social psychology
- Acquire methodological and statistical skills necessary for conducting sound research
- Obtain experience in publishing scientific papers and presenting talks at professional meetings
- Become sensitive to ethical issues associated with conducting psychological research
- Gain familiarity with work in the broader field of psychology and other disciplines relevant to their interests
Students become involved in research during their first semester in graduate school and continue this involvement over the course of their graduate careers. Students work closely with faculty on projects of mutual interest and have access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for conducting studies on a wide range of social psychological phenomena.
Several sources of financial support for students are available, including research assistantships, fellowships, and teaching assistantships.
Graduates of the program are employed in academic institutions as well as applied research settings.
Faculty and graduate students are actively involved in several lines of research, including close relationships, diversity and intergroup relations, small group processes, social cognition and motivation, alcohol use in social contexts, and social affective neuroscience. The program is in an exciting building phase and has recently recruited several new faculty.